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William Goldman!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2018 by joecetta

Apparently his second Oscar was presented by Norman Mailer? Huh!

Screenwriter, author, and playwright William Goldman wrote his last fade to black this week, at the age of 87! Best known for his Oscar winning script work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All President’s Men, and his novel turned movie The Princess Bride, Goldman is rightfully regarded as one of the true masters of cinematic writing. He also wrote such films as Marathon Man (based on his novel), Misery, Chaplin, The Stepford Wives, The Ghost and the Darkness, and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Also, according to Bill Simmons Instagram account today, he was a long suffering New York Knicks fan, and would frequently email Simmons his related miseries. Hard times!

Sam scores her sixth death of the year, and her second in the last 17 days, on Goldman, netting 23 points and moving up one spot overall to ninth! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Friday!

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Roy Clark!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2018 by joecetta

Country musician and television host Roy Clark yukked it up with Minnie, Stringbean, and the gang for the last time today, at the age of 85! A hugely successful guitarist and banjo player, and later a Country Music Hall of Famer, Clark was best known as the host and frequent sketch participant on the long running syndicated country comedy show Hee Haw, beginning in 1969 and running for 655 episodes over the next 26 years. He is also credited with starting the Branson, MO trend of singer namesake theaters and residencies, so…some good some bad!

Capone scores his eleventh death of the year on Clark, 25 points extending his heady lead in second as we approach the final six weeks of the pool. His 379 points are good for the fifth best total in pool history, and his personal best. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Katherine MacGregor!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2018 by joecetta

Actress Katherine MacGregor provided some much needed comic relief on the prairie for the last time this week, at the age of 93! MacGregor had a long stage and screen career, popping up in various episodes of Mannix, All in the Family, and Ironside, before landing her most famous role as Nels Oleson’s wife Harriet, running the general store, for nine seasons of Little House on the Prairie. She appeared in the fourth most episodes of any character, only behind Ingalls Laura, Caroline, and Charles. That’s right, suck it, Nellie Oleson!

And Sarah’s legendary year rages on, nabbing her 18th death to stay two up in the Total category, while pushing her points within five of the quintuple century mark. She also becomes the first person to tally over 3,000 total points in the game with these 17 on MacGregor, and climbs her record highest all-time average per year over 250. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

Stan Lee!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2018 by joecetta

As influential a figure on modern pop culture as anyone, God himself Stan Lee leaves us with a legacy unparalleled among modern authors for creating famous characters, dominating popcorn motion pictures, and injecting meaningful topics and diversity into what had always been a fluffy, children’s medium. Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, Groot, Galactus and most associated heroes and villains of those franchises – good gravy! What would the world be like today without so many of us growing up on Stan Lee’s creations? He was always a welcome sight cameoing in countless superhero films, as the world’s comic fans would turn to their respective spouses and partners and say “Hey, that’s Stan Lee.” We will never see his like again!

Yowza!

And Dondos scores their 16th big death of the year, for longtime Kristen G./Dondos team member Lee, nabbing 15 points and jumping to third overall! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Douglas Rain!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2018 by joecetta

Longtime stage and screen actor Douglas Rain sang about daisies for the last time this week, at the age of 90! A staple of the Canadian Shakespeare stage, Rain is best known worldwide for his work as the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the 1984 sequel, 2010. The 13th greatest film villain in history, according to the 2003 AFI list!

“Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”

And the commissioner nabs a fourth death this year! My quest for a fifth straight title has not been a lucrative or prolific one, and let’s face it, that’s probably for the best. Twenty points on Rain bump me up to 12th overall this year, with 90 points. Not too shabby!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Jack Patera and Willie McCovey!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2018 by joecetta

Sports legends Jack Patera and Willie McCovey are both off to that big ballpark of the afterlife (Imagine the parking nightmare!), at ages 85 and 80, respectively! Patera started out as an offensive guard in the NFL with the Colts before switching to linebacker as a rookie, and put in a standard handful of years before retiring due to injury. More memorably, Patera was the first head coach of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976, coaching them to a winning season in their third year of existence and winning Coach of the Year. And yes, Jack Patera is the older brother of wrestling great Ken Patera!

Namesake of the Cove, McCovey was one of the most fearsome power hitters in baseball across his twenty-two big league seasons, amassing 521 home runs, tying him with Ted Williams and Frank Thomas for 20th all-time, and that includes a lot of steroid cheaters! He was in 8th place upon his retirement in 1980! A six-time All-Star and 1969 NL MVP, #44 was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.

Sam picks up her fifth death of the year on Patera, moving her toward the middle 100s, while Mike M. nabs 30 on McCovey, his eighth of the year, moving him past brother Bats for seventh overall! Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Thursday!

 

Whitey Bulger!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2018 by joecetta

Organized crime figure and convicted murderer James “Whitey” Bulger met a pretty unpleasant end yesterday, at the age of 89! Bulger became a sort of cult figure, for all his years on the run eluding capture, and the numerous mob flicks based at least in part on his life, most notably Black Mass starring Johnny Depp from 2015, but also Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello character in 2006’s Best Picture winner The Departed. Part of his appeal to the wider consuming populace is his story of not only being a mob boss but also his time as a mob informant, by which he was able to further his criminal career. Amazing work! Bad end!

I don’t normally comment on how someone dies in this space – as usually I prefer focusing on their lives, good or bad, and the ending is rarely relevant. However, it’s not too often we have points awarded on murders – the only other time I can immediately remember is Benazir Bhutto in 2007, and the circumstances with that were very different from this – political assassination vs. prison shanking. Are there other people I’m missing, that you can think of? How do we feel about this? It makes the whole thing a little less palatable, I think, in an enterprise I think some would deem odious to begin with. It’s bound to happen from time to time, but do you find it overly objectionable? I thought it was fair to ask – I don’t want to just assume everyone is cool with however this all is run, no matter the manner points get awarded.

Capone nabs his tenth death and reaches his career high for points in a season with 354, further cementing his place in second, and keeping him in general shooting distance of first. He scored 156 points in a three week span only two months ago, don’t forget! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!